He’s exactly as you hoped, playful, devoted, lively and clever. Plus he’s a Dachshund, so he’s the cutest little shape. However, there is one thing he’s not so good at: going for walks. He needs to be taken out each day but you almost have to drag him along the ground.
This might have made you giggle to start with, but now you’re beginning to get a bit worried. If he won’t get any exercise he may start piling on the weight, and that's no good for his little frame. Not to mention, if he doesn’t use his legs enough, then his muscles and joints will grow weak and he may develop expensive health problems later on in life.
Thankfully, training a Dachshund to enjoy walking is fairly straightforward. The first thing you need to do is get him comfortable in a collar and leash. You then need to gradually build up his confidence in the house before venturing out into the world. A key part of the training will also be finding the right motivator. Fortunately, Dachshunds have a weak spot for anything they can eat. So the right mouth-watering food should soon get him bounding around.
If he’s a puppy, then your Dachshund should be highly receptive. This means you could see results quickly. However, if he’s older and this habit has developed over a number of years, then you may need up to a month before you see consistent results. Succeed and you’ll have the ideal canine companion for weekend strolls. You’ll also have a quick and easy way to exercise him each day.
Before you can start training, you will need to gather a few bits. Stock up on tasty treats and have handy a short training leash, a favorite toy, some string, and a clicker if you typically use one to train.
Set aside half an hour each day for training. For the most part, you will be able to conduct training when out on your daily walk.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and some walking shoes, then work can begin!